Friday Links: Mother’s Day – Sierra Club Style, Inhaler Abuse
Ooh, edited to included some self-pimpage. Check me out. I’ve sort of cracked the American Lung Association.
Environmental Defense Fund Says Stop Idling for World Asthma Day
That’s “idle” as in your car, not your personal habits. Ozone’s bad for asthma so no news there, but in the face of everything we can’t change on our own as average citizens, this is a good, easy-to-implement contribution towards better air quality.
The Sierra Clubâs effort comes in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling on February 8th of this year that tossed out the Bush Administrationâs lax mercury regulations for coal-fired power plants, saying they were not protective of public health.
“There are affordable technologies widely available today that can substantially reduce mercury and other toxic pollution,” said Pat Gallagher, Director of the Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program. “In their rush to build new coal plants, developers have turned a blind eye to these technologies, and correspondingly the health of children everywhere.”
Thanks, Sierra Club. Best Mother’s Day present I’ve gotten so far.
Teens Using Inhalers to Get High More Common than You Think
The fact that one out of four teens in this study admit using their inhalers recreationally instead of medically worries me, but not because I’m afraid my kid will do it when she’s older. News like this can make people overreact, and I seriously hope no one starts pushing for stricter inhaler controls. The day I have to wrangle with the health insurance company over permissions and limits on inhalers the way I had to with other meds for AG in the past is the day I may just have to give up.